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The problem starts when I was 13, when I reached puberty (Now 20 years old already).

I easily got tired and sleepy during the day.

My body felt fatigue so much that it forces me to sleep during the day; even I have a good sleep the night before.

Even worst, I slept more than 11 hours per day!

I practiced a good diet, take supplement like chicken essence and vitamins.

But it does not help. For your additional info, the feeling of "tiredness" is not like a person had done a heavy workout or something.

But it's more like, I easily felt sleepy and yawn a lot during the day.

My reaction will also become slow. And when I do accidentally sleep, i woke up and look at my watch... "Gosh...12 hours had passed!".... What's wrong with me?

I hope you could give some information regarding this. Thank you. ^Y

RuNe

Answer:

Dear RuNe,

Sudden daytime sleep, usually for only short periods of time, can be a sign of narcolepsy.

Narcoleptic episodes occur most often after meals, but can occur at any time - even in the middle of a conversation.

Narcolepsy, also known as DMS or the Daniel Merrick Sydrome, is a chronic sleep disorder (a dyssomnia) characterized by overwhelming drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep.

The main characteristic of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), even after adequate night time sleep.

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally.

There is no cure for narcolepsy. In 1999, after successful clinical trial results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called modafinil for the treatment of EDS.

The disease is principally characterized by a permanent and overwhelming feeling of sleepiness and fatigue.

The Stanford Center for Narcolepsy is always looking for volunteers in their narcolepsy research studies.


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